Date: June 30, 2023 09:06PM
“An ideology is a set of beliefs or philosophies attributed to a person or group of persons, especially those held for non-epistemic* reasons, in which "practical elements are as prominent as theoretical ones.” –Wikipedia
I suspect that we are not qualified to judge our personal ideologies; we’d naturally ‘judge’ them at the very least “superbly adequate,” if not outright The Best!!
And quite naturally, the only evaluation that ought to satisfy us is that each ideology was the best possible ideology in the world (no matter how variant they were!).
Since there’s no sense talking to you about the specifics of your ideology, how about asking you where you got it? Where were you situated, and what tools were available when you stood (or sat or squatted) at the altar of your consciousness, hammering and tonging at it with all your might until you got your ideology just right?
Also, do you remember a time when you didn’t have an ideology, not even a pre-pubescent ideology, when all that mattered was that you be allowed to be active when the sun was up?
How about this: How much of your ideology is based on fulfilling your base humanity? As exmos, we have some hints that JoJu was big on this particular fulfillment. But also, as exmos, we are aware that our glorious (but mundane) leaders are always trying their best to smack down carnality whenever they see it. Even when they’re being carnal on the side, they pretend they are against it…
Finally, I, personally, did not “suffer” when I stopped pretending to be mormon. I’m aware that there are those among you who did. I suspect that we don’t choose ideologies that cause us suffering, or at the very least, we do what we can to change our environment so that any suffering is diminished, if not eliminated. There are those still in the throes of this process.
Are we, here on RfM, all members of more-or-less related ideology? Obviously, I’m aware of some of our differences!
Are we a tribe?
*non-epistemic means, basically, you see “it,” you know “it” is there, but you don’t know what “it” is!
Imagine the first time a toddler sees a piano… At that moment in time, the toddler is having a non-epistemic adventure… The toddler sees something that has weight and occupies space but isn’t ‘seeing’ what you see when you look at a piano (which is likely different for each of us but consistent individually.
I'm sure most of us are quite happy to assess others as having allowed the non-epistemic values to carry too much weight.